Arch support
Daily running
M: 280g | W: 263g
Heel to toe drop
M: 9mm | W: 9mm
Heel height
M: 25mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many were impressed by the durable and comfortable construction of the Roclite 280.

  • The outsole lug pattern allows runners to survive on the soft and hard trails.

  • It features an on-the-shoe gaiter pocket for a debris-free running experience.

  • The Rocklite 280 has a synthetic mesh for lightweight and breathable coverage.

  • The Meta-Shank technology was applauded by many because gives underfoot impact protection and added flexibility in the forefoot area.

  • It features the 3-Arrow Shoc Zone technology that provides maximum underfoot protection for many types of terrain.

  • It has an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners found the Roclite 280 too narrow in the forefoot area.

  • It was one size smaller than what they were used to.

  • A few thought that the simplistic design wasn’t very appealing.

Bottom line

The Inov-8 Roclite 280 is multi-terrain running shoe that offers increased cushioning, flexibility and impact protection. It is ideal for trail running, obstacle racing, and soft, muddy terrains. Neutral runners are the ones who are going to enjoy this model.

World wide, Roclite 280 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Inov-8, is the 15th most popular.

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83 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 80
    Run 247Level 3 expert
    by Run 247
    They also weren’t great on road, which is another reason I’ve used them more over shorter muddy stuff (as most long races have inevitable stretches of road).
  • 95
    ElenaLevel 1 expert
    by The Healthy Veggie
    A great shoe both for trail running and hiking. Lightweight, very breathable, and at an affordable price, it will easily become my favourite summer hiking and running shoe this year.
  • 82
    Jennie HitchLevel 1 expert
    by BirminghamRunner
    Overall the Roclite 280 is durable, lightweight and you can be confident it will perform wherever you decide to go.
  • 80
    Tania WeeLevel 1 expert
    by Sugoid Days
    The 280 in its name isn't just the model. It's also the weight of the shoes in grams and it obviously stands by its claim of being lightweight.
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    You also have that really durable outsole here on the bottom. It's gonna help keep you nice and steady over a [sic] mixed variety of terrain. It's also incredibly flexible.

Updates to Roclite 280

The Ino-8 Roclite 280 comes with an enhanced comfort. It comes with an extra amount of cushioning that is designed to deliver underfoot impact protection for long distance runs. With the shoe’s midsole, runners experience a more comfortable ride.

The shoe also features the on-the-shoe gaiter clips for an efficient attachment of gaiter to prevent debris from entering the shoe while running.

Roclite 280 size and fit

The Roclite 280 is available in standard running shoe length and width. The forefoot is wide and the heel and the midfoot are of standard measurements. The shoe is best for those runners with wider forefoot and those with medium foot measurements.


The outsole of the Roclite 280 uses the sticky rubber material that delivers maximum grip on wet conditions and added durability on high wear areas for a more improved performance. The lugged pattern in the sole delivers reliable grip on varied terrain. The Meta-Flex groove strategically located in the forefoot encourages natural forefoot flex for a more comfortable toe-off.


Aside from the standard injected EVA foam that delivers moderate cushioning and flexibility, the shoe uses the brand’s 3 Arrow Shoc-Zone cushioning that delivers maximum underfoot protection. It gives comfort and protection for long distance runs.

The dynamic Fascia Band from the heel to the forefoot is designed for efficient energy releasing. It acts as a rigid lever arm for a more powerful step and for runners to propel without giving too much effort. The Meta-Shank that is located from the midfoot to the forefoot is designed for added flexibility and impact protection.


The upper of the Inov-8 Roclite 280 features the synthetic mesh cover that delivers a breathable and lightweight coverage. It also features the TPU lacing system that gives added support and a secure fit while running. Lastly, it comes with a gaiter pockets that prevent debris from entering the shoe.


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